Thinking about death, our belongings, and what we’re leaving behind for others to address can be challenging. That’s why I wanted to open up the exploration in today’s episode.

A friend and podcast listener mentioned the term death cleaning to me several months ago. When I saw Margareta Magnusson’s recently published book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, I knew I needed to read it.

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

In Swedish, this term means that “you remove unnecessary things and make your home nice and orderly when you think the time is coming closer for you to leave the planet.”

In episodes 002 and 006 of this podcast, Melissa and Mary Jane both shared that they don’t want their children to have to clean out a substantial amount of their belongings when they die. I, too, have already had thoughts about what I’m leaving behind when I die. Death cleaning is on our minds – and now we have a way to talk about it.

Here is a brief video of Margareta Magnusson talking about death cleaning. I just love her!

My friend and colleague, Pam Holland of Mindful Decluttering & Organizing, has blog post on The Life-Changing Magic of Death Cleaning if you want more perspective on this lovely and powerful practice.

If you’re interested in taking a first step toward death cleaning, consider booking a Clarify to Purify Interview & Planning Session with me. It’s an incredible opportunity to take stock of your accumulated belongings, your thoughts and feelings about them, and your vision for your life after you have purified them. It’s a gift both to you and your beloveds.

What did this death cleaning exploration stir in you? I’d love to know! Email me at to share.

Until next time, friend – keep on purifying! 🙂